5 Simple Tips for Living An Eco-friendly Lifestyle

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April is quickly approaching and bringing with it thirty straight days of focusing our lives on living more eco-friendly. Earth Month is one of my favorite times of the year as I love doing what I can to reduce my impact on our planet. To get things started, I decided I'd share five of my tips for living an eco-friendly lifestyle without completely changing your way of living.

One thing I've been trying to do more of is make sure that even the most basic of products I use in my day to day life come from responsible resources. Products like Tom’s of Maine “Luminous White™” Toothpaste Clean Mint from Walmart make living an eco-friendly lifestyle a cinch! This toothpaste is safe on enamel, made up of biodegradable or mineral-derived ingredients, and has no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives! It's the perfect way to ease into living more of an eco-friendly lifestyle, yourself.

Tip 1: Shop eco-friendly brands. I know it can seem daunting, but once you get the ball rolling, the brands seem to pop up everywhere. My Facebook is constantly filled with ads for eco-friendly brands, and I love it! You can also shop second-hand which is a great way to reduce your impact. In this outfit, my shoes, bag, sunglasses, and top are all sustainable/socially responsible products!

Tip 2: Save the bees by planting bright flowers, especially ones in shades of purple! The bee population is critically low, and without them, there will be no flowers, fruits, vegetables, and well... you see where this is going. Plant things like lavender and wildflowers in your garden to help the bees have a good source of food.

Tip 3: Use eco-friendly hygiene products. One of my favorites is Tom’s of Maine “Luminous White™” Toothpaste Clean Mint. This plus the Tom's of Maine toothbrush (which is made from plant based materials rather than petroleum) will provide you with a bright, white smile all while reducing your impact on the planet!

Tip 4: Pack your food in reusable packaging. Not only should you be using reusable shopping bags, but packing your lunch in lunch boxes/tiffins will save you money, time, space, and the environment! It's a win-win-win-win!

Tip 5: When you need to use disposable products, make sure they are biodegradable, like my straw, or recyclable, like the bottle you see below. That way you can at least make sure that even though you won't be keeping these items, they won't end up in the ocean.

Now get out there, make one change at a time, and you'll soon find yourself embracing the eco-friendly lifestyle, whole-heartedly. And bonus, you'll earn .75 with the purchase of Tom’s of Maine “Luminous White™” Toothpaste Clean Mint! Click HERE to learn more.

What are some of your simple tips for living more eco-friendly?


Be A Wanderer

Traveling is wonderfully exhausting, yet I never tire of it. It definitely wears on you in more ways than one. If you look at these pictures closely, you will see mud on my boots, hair that could use a good brushing, and hands that have been in the sun and wind all day. That's the beauty of traveling - it leaves its mark on you, physically and emotionally.

When I heard about Wanderer Bracelets, I was instantly on board. These bracelets are made by artisans in Bali who hand-carve all-natural water buffalo bone using ancient techniques, and weave the bands using comfortable nylon threads. By making Wanderer Bracelets these artisans are not only able to continue their ancient traditions, they are also able to have steady jobs that sustain themselves and their families. Talk about leaving a mark on you physically and emotionally.

jacket & top - stylish treasures
pants - jcrew
shoes - nordstrom
necklace - c/o the land of salt
bracelets - c/o wanderer bracelets

Be sure to visit Wanderer Bracelets' website and let me know which bracelets you'd take on your next wander.


Sensible, Practical, Comfortable

I'm always amazed at my changing mindset. Things that were once so important to me, like throwing parties, staying up with the latest radio hits, and wearing on-trend, unique, and colorful outfits, just don't matter to me anymore (although I still love to plan a good party, I just don't want to participate). These days, I'm all about comfort, especially when it comes to clothing. If I can't lounge in an outfit, I don't want to wear it.

While it's easy to call this "laziness" (which it likely is), I like to think that it's just maturity. That along with my age, my look has grown up, too. I love a good staple piece that I can pair with anything, I have about six of my favorite black t-shirt, and my shoe collection has changed from a rainbow of high heels to sensible shoes I can wear all day long.

sweater - olive clothing co
jeans - eddie bauer
shoes - avarcas usa
necklace - souvenir

This outfit is the perfect look for mature-Gentri. It's practical, classic, and incredibly comfortable! I shop at places like Eddie Bauer... These are things my 18-year old self would have never believed...


Travel Tip // Splitting the Bill

Having traveled with friends, family, and total strangers I can tell you that I've learned a thing or two about creating a harmonious environment for me and my fellow travelers. One of the biggest complications can be that of splitting the bills. There are always times, no matter how hard you try to avoid it, that a bill must be split between you and your travel companions. So here are some tips to making your next bill-split go as smoothly as possible.

Tip 1: First of all, you're going to need the app Square Cash. It is a serious lifesaver and keeps things simple and between you and your travel companions. Most money apps allow your transactions to be seen by all of your Facebook friends, but Square Cash keeps them private and secure. My other favorite part about Square Cash is that you don't have to have an account to receive money! You can send it directly to anyone with the touch of a button. The design of the app is minimal and sophisticated, so things are simple and easy to navigate. It also offers instant deposits into your bank account so that you can keep on traveling with no setbacks!

Tip 2: The little things add up, so be sure to keep track of any small transactions or to make it clear between you and your travel companions that you've got each other's backs when making those small purchases. Often I will just tell my friends it's no big deal when I spot them, because I know there will be another time down the road where they'll spot me.

Tip 3: If you and your travel companions decide to pay each other back for the little things, be sure to take care of those transactions right away using your Square Cash app. That way, you won't have to keep track and ask later. I know from experience that this can make things incredibly awkward.

Tip 4: Split the responsibilities when it comes to larger purchases. Since money will be coming and going from all of your accounts quite frequently, it's only fair to take turns making the larger purchases. As soon as they're made, divide the cost between you and take care of the repayment with the Square Cash app. That way, no one feels like their bank account is taking the brunt of the trip.

Tip 5: Be sure to include any purchase details in your Square Cash invoices. That way, you and your travel companions will be able to stay financially organized throughout your journey. I've definitely come home from trips wondering if I've missed paying or receiving payment for anything. Since I'm always much closer with those I travel with by the end of the trip, I usually just let the little things fly. But it's still nice to have all of your ducks in a row, just in case.

If you're heading out on a trip, out to dinner, or just do a lot of transactions with your mobile phone, but sure to download the Square Cash app, today! It's the new, mature way to send and receive money that will always have your back.

Do you have any other splitting the bill tips? #SquareCash


Traveling Europe // An Evening in Paris

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Well, my European adventure recap has taken me six months to get through (How has it been six months already?!), but here we are... Today's post, the finale to my European recap, is all about the two evenings I spent in Paris. Paris was not at the top of my must-see list. I was worried I'd find it overrated and crowded. But from the minute I arrived, I knew I was dead wrong.

My first night in Paris was spent wandering the streets and visiting a couple iconic sites - including the Moulin Rouge (I did not enter) and the Sacré-Cœur. From the steps of the Sacré-Cœur, which sits atop the Montmartre, I was able to take in Paris' evening landscape. It was a beautiful sight and I could easily have spent hours just soaking it all in. Our dinner that evening included an appetizer of escargot... I knew I wouldn't like it, but I also knew I'd regret not giving it a try. I was in Paris, after all. So I handed my camera over to a friend and asked her to document the moment. You can check out my reactions in the gif below...

The next evening, dinner was serenaded by a lovely musician. She was so kind and let me take a lot of pictures (she even offered to take mine). After dinner, the tour group and I made our way down to the Eiffel Tower. I had spent much of my day visiting this iconic landmark and was already in love with it. Little did I know that it was about to get even better. As the clock struck on the hour, I looked up at the tower and my heart swelled. I stood in awe as this structure, which is grey and matte by day, turned to bright, glittering gold.
My heart broke a little as the evening came to a close, and I had to hold back my tears. The experiences I had and the memories I made while traveling Europe had changed me in ways I had never expected. Europe had been calling to me for so long, and for one month, I was able to put my day to day life on hold to take my biggest adventure, yet.

The next morning I was dropped off at the airport and began my journey back to the USA. I spent the next few days adjusting back to my regular life, but my heart is still in Europe with the Fjords of Norway, the Highlands of Scotland, the canals of Venice, and the ever-stunning Eiffel Tower.
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